I was dying to see Derek Trucks play live. If you don’t know his story, it’s worth looking him up! The accomplishments, accolades and list of heavy hitters with whom Trucks has shared a stage, are too numerous to list here, suffice to say he was touring as a headliner by the time he was 11 years old, by 33 he’s got a few Grammys, and has played at the White House…you can fill in the rest. If it’s cool, he has been there, done it and won it!!!
Known for his slide guitar prowess, it has been explained that learning to use a slide was part of Derek’s coping strategy when his hands were still too little to properly hold down the springs on his guitar!!!
Singer/guitarist Susan Tedeschi also has an impressive list of accomplishments including her own Grammy nominations even prior to the nominations accrued by TTB. A Berklee graduate, she honed her vocal talent, song writing and guitar playing and formed the Susan Tedeschi Band in 1994. Her powerful and gritty voice garnered a lot of attention, but she could also really play.
They didn’t disappoint.
With 11 members on stage at once there was so much to take in, but I found it hard to watch anyone other than Derek and Susan. Although I didn’t want to take my eyes off Derek for a millisecond lest I miss something wicked – I couldn’t help but be mesmerized by Susan’s performance. She was so commanding, yet sweet, oozed presence and energy, but seemed very much like the girl next door, and she sang so honestly that I felt connected to her. She totally snuck up and stole my heart during that show!
I’m finding it very difficult to describe the vibe of the show. It was like going home for the holidays. Easy. Honest. Comfortable. Fun. There were no explosions, no fancy lasers, no gimmicky props. Just talent and feel. All the rawness of a campfire sing-along headed by a powerhouse couple that obviously have a lot of love and respect flowing between them. It was heartwarming. It’s like the “SHOW” stood aside so the music could flow.
Photographs courtesy of Steve Hefter © 2012